If you have a copy of Judy Rodgers' sublime cookbook, The Zuni Café Cookbook, and you should, maybe go find it and think about cooking from it today in homage to its author. Rodgers, whose Zuni Café in San Francisco achieved iconic status in the years she ran it, died yesterday at the age of 57.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Rodgers, who had battled cancer recently, died last night. Fittingly, Zuni Café will be open today.
A native of St. Louis, Rodgers went to France as a teenage exchange student and apprenticed at none other than Les Frères Troisgros. Back in the United States, she'd cooked at Chez Panisse before heading to New York City. Rodgers first came to Zuni, which Billy West opened in 1979, in 1987.More »